Machine Minder - Days


Job Details


Sittingbourne - Operations

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


£8.65 per hour

Closing Date

02/08/2019 11:00

About IPL

At IPL our role is very clear. We are here to improve the value, quality and availability of our products to ensure that we are Asda’s lowest cost, sustainable supply chain solution. Our sustainable sourcing model supports Asda’s mission to help their customers to save money and live better lives.

We are one of the largest privately-owned food processing businesses in the UK. We have thousands of colleagues across multiple sites in the UK and in our country offices around the world.

About the site

Sittingbourne is the second largest of our operations where we also pack fresh fruit and vegetables.

Our pack house is in operation 24 hours a day, employing over 500 colleagues. We offer a broad range of roles based at site from Quality Assurance to Site Planners, Warehouse Operatives to Shift Operation Managers. We also have a small of number of support roles to facilitate the day to day running of the operation

About the Role

We currently have an opportunity for a Machine Minder to join the IPL team at our IPL Sittingbourne site in Kent.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Share responsibility for the implementation and maintenance to the requirements of SOP’s and externally verified standards.

  • Ensure all daily machine safety checks are completed in line with the trained SOP’s and PPM (Planned Preventative Maintenance) schedule.

  • To constantly monitor and record packs per Minute (PPM) on machines. Always look at controlling the yield by keeping the overweight to a minimum ensuring the average is constant and within the limit, whilst avoiding underweight issues.

  • Ensure product changeovers are performed with minimal downtime but in a safe and accurate manner.

  • Liaise with Line Leaders in a clear and concise manner. Ensure that machines are set up in time for the next job ensuring prompt changeovers whilst avoiding high downtime.

  • Report to the Line Leader and Engineer via the T-Card system any machine run rate issues that are having a detrimental effect on safety or productivity as soon as the issues are discovered.

  • Take an active role in TPM (Total productive Maintenance) which includes FI (Focus improvement), AM (Autonomous maintenance) and 5S project work.

  • Liaise with the Lot control packaging team/ packaging Coordinator to ensure that all labels, packaging and film is on the line and ready to use in good time before job is ready, avoiding downtime and loss in productivity due to machine or packaging issues.

  • Perform check weights at intervals detailed in training and the SOP’s, recording each weight in line with internal and BRC externally verified standards.

  • Ensure that any product produced is verified against the Matrix ensuring net, film, label, product detail information is accurate. All pre-set machine weights are confirmed to comply with the guidelines as set by the Technical department and trained SOP’s for each respective product.

Shift:  This is a 4 on 4 off shift pattern working 7am to 7pm

Skills and Experience Required

  • An operational background within a similar role or working knowledge of working on a packhouse line

  • Experience of working in a team environment

  • Experience of working in a fast moving environment

  • Experience of working in an environmental with a strong Health & Safety culture

  • Practical skills with strong mechanical aptitude and ability to work quickly & methodically

  • Good communication skills, with the ability to follow instructions

  • Proven motivational skills and a willingness to work flexibly

  • Drive to deliver results and problem solve, whilst using own initiative

  • Analytical thinker with attention to detail, whilst undertaking repetitive tasks

  • Good standard of education to include English & Maths GCSE, C grade (or equivalent) or Above

What's in it for you?

We are a rapidly growing and exciting business, dedicated to the development of our colleagues and committed to creating a great place to work. In order to grow we need to find people already living our Values – Supportive, Trailblazing, Engaging and Principled.

In return you will become a valued part of our team on a permanent basis and we will offer you a competitive salary and benefits package, inclusive of:

  • Paid annual leave

  • Job Security and confirmed shift pattern

  • Option to be paid on a weekly or monthly basis

  • 10% Asda Discount

  • Monthly Bonus Scheme

  • Enhanced Pension scheme – you pay less as we contribute more

  • Entitled to Life Cover which is 4X your annual salary

  • Entitled to Enhanced Maternity and Paternity pay

  • Training and Development appropriate to your role



Your place in our world

Leader - Operations
Machine Minder - Days